Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.
Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.
Red Lobster Copycat Recipe
10 oz. package Lorna Doone cookies, crushed
1/4 lb. melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 envelope Knox gelatin
16 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. sour cream
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
crushed cookie crumbs for garnish
To make crust: Mix crumbs with butter, sugar, and gelatin. Pat out evenly over bottom of a greased 9" springform pan. Bake at 350, for exactly 8 minutes.
To make filling: Beat with electric mixer: cream cheese, sour cream, beat with electric mixer: cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, butter, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla.When filling is perfectly smooth and creamy, pour into crust. Return to 350 oven and bake 30−35 min. or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle top with cookie crumbs.